China

Beijing hit back against recent U.S. restrictions targeting Chinese companies, saying it plans to ban Chinese firms and citizens from complying with foreign laws and sanctions it deems unjustified.

Activists said the arrests, which branded dozens of opposition lawmakers who participated in political primaries as suspects in a plot to paralyze the city, will make it harder for any opposition figures to operate within the city’s system of governance.

The former chairman of one of China’s biggest state-owned asset-management companies received the death penalty on bribery and corruption charges, a striking signal in Beijing’s campaign to rein in financial risk-taking.

The billionaire businessman and Alibaba founder has disappeared from the public limelight after brushes with Chinese regulators in recent weeks, sparking speculation about his fate.

The highly contagious new strain of Covid-19 discovered recently in the U.K. was detected in a woman who had flown to Shanghai from the U.K., Chinese researchers said.

China has taken an aggressive approach to melding the nation’s dozens of groups into a national identity, with new education and training programs and high-tech police surveillance. “Bury the seed of love for the Chinese nation deeply in every child’s heart.”

Outspoken businessman’s earlier release on bail was one of a number of recent court decisions that have raised tensions with China over the city’s judicial independence.

A Chinese drug regulator gave provisional approval to a Covid-19 vaccine developed by a state-owned company, providing a green light for mass inoculation roughly a year after the pandemic first emerged in central China.

Countries that once avoided upsetting Beijing are moving closer to Washington’s harder stance—to curb Chinese access to customers, technology and sensitive infrastructure.

Authorities in the city of Suzhou handed out 20 million “digital yuan” to local residents to spend on online or offline purchases, as China took another step toward becoming the first major world economy to introduce an official digital currency.

Early hopes that Xi Jinping would want closer integration with the U.S.-led global order have become one of the biggest strategic miscalculations of the post-Cold War era. The Chinese president has pursued an expansive, hypernationalistic vision of the nation’s future.

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